Amsterdam, the Netherlands capital city, has more than 50 museums with the most varied themes. From the iconic Anne Frank House, where the Jewish girl was sheltered until she was discovered and confined in a concentration camp where she died in 1945, to a museum dedicated to cats… Nothing can be missing at the very liberal Amsterdam.
One of the main attractions is De Wallen, red zone or red light district, famous for its prostitution, visited annually by more than 200,000 tourists, with 3,000 stores and more than 400 windows dedicated to prostitution. And although new rules and restrictions are currently running to protect the privacy and integrity of prostitutes, the neighborhood is still like a magnet for tourists.
So… What could two young tourist girls, that weren’t looking for sex, do in the red light district? Let us tell you: visit all the sex museums. Yes, you read well: “all”, not only one sex museum… There is more than one!
Of course in the Red Light District is the Eroticism Museum. It’s placed at an old warehouse in the Red Light District center, and it is very easy to identify by its sign with neon lights always on. It houses on its three levels an exhibition on the Red Light District, a typical prostitution scene recreated in wax, and an erotic art collection composed of old photographs, a John Lennon’s series of lithographs and other collections. It’s the ideal museum for those who prefer not to enter the real prostitution establishments but not stay with the desire to know how they are.
But if you want to know everything about sex in Amsterdam, it is best to visit the Venus Temple. Its collections explain how human love life was expressed during the last four millennia. The museum was inaugurated in 1985 with a few small collections, but it was so successful that it soon had to be enlarged. It is actually a labyrinth, formed by the main house in front, with two small houses behind, joined together by stairs.
The halls are named as the most famous erotic characters in history, such as Casanova Gallery or Catalina II’s room, she was tsar Pedro III ‘s wife, who, it is said, had many lovers and a special room to receive them. You cannot miss the rooms dedicated to Venus, goddess of love, Oscar Wilde and Madame de Pompadour.
Considered the oldest sex museum in the world, it is visited by half a million people each year and is one of the most successful in Amsterdam.
The Erotic Museum: It is located in O.Z. Achterburgwal 54. It is open from Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 01 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 02 a.m. Entrance value: 5 Euros. You can reach here walking from Dam Square.
The Venus’s Temple: located on Damrak 18, 500 meters from the Central Station. Admission costs 4 Euros.